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BLOCK HOUSE VINEYARD, NAPA
Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’ in Italian. It is speculated that this refers not to the wine, almost all Dolcetto wines are dry, but to the region in Italy where it is grown; Piedmont. In Piedmont, Dolcetto is grown alongside Nebbiolo and Barbera, and given our success with growing Barbera in the Sierra Foothills, it is my contention that Dolcetto will perform well here as well. The only issue is that of the 111 acres of Dolcetto grown in California only one is in Amador County. So while I wait for an enlightened local grower to tackle Dolcetto, I have sourced fruit from the Pelissa Family’s Block House Vineyard in Yountville.
The 2015 Dolcetto has a deep purple color with surprising depth not normally associated with Dolcetto. The aroma features cassis and black cherry. In Piedmont Dolcetto is released early and is enjoyed while the Barbera and Nebbiolo mature in cask. In keeping with this tradition we age Dolcetto for just ten months and bottle it before the next vintage. As a result the bouquet is subdued and the barrels influence limited. On the palate flavors of cherry, and black raspberry are delivered by a medium weight wine along with nuances of smoky oak and bitter almonds.
This is a variety I have enjoyed with pasta and pizza, but I might consider something a bit more substantial for the 2015 vintage.
Suggested Retail Price: $25
Wine Club Price: $21.25
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